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 April Events and Announcements

Coaching and Umpiring certification workshops will be held later this month. Please contact Zain Khot or Nasru Syed for more details.

Oakville Cricket Club’s AGM will be held on Sunday April 21st in Oakville Police Station at 12.45 P.M.

The address is: 95 Oak Walk Drive, Oakville (Near Dundas and Oak Park intersection)

Please mark this date in your calender and make sure to attend.



 February, 2013



February Events and Announcements



The indoor practice will be held every Sunday from 5 to 7 at Qasra Sports.

Please try to make it by 4:45pm for warm ups.

See you all at: Qasra Sports Inc

The address is: 185 Carlingview Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9W 5E8 (416) 213-0734  · qasrasports.com




 October, 2012

Oakville’s Division B was unable to defend the title, lost in the finals to St.Cathrines in a close game on a cold morning, ends up winning the runners-up trophy.

More details and pictures on OCC face book.

September Events and Announcements

OCC Premier missed the qualification for playoffs by just…



May Events and Announcements



Oakville’s Premier team opens the season with a tough loss against Mississauga Ramblers. SCORECARD



A bad display of batting by Oakville’s middle and lower order batsmen hand them their first loss of the season.

After winning the toss, Oakville decided to bat first.  Majid and Abreez got off to a positive start, which was mainly assisted by one of Mississauga’s bowlers whose first over went for 18 runs – which had 15 wides and 1 no-ball, and a shocking 9 bouncers in 1 over.  Wow! THAT IS A BREACH OF ICC BYLAW 42.5.2.  The umpire chose to ignore this by-law and let the bowler keep going without removing him.  Moving on, Majid started off strong but had to go on his backfoot once two quick wickets were lost, of Abraiz, Nasru and Niaz. Bilal and Majid had a little partnership going, but Majid was given out LBW to a ball that hit his chest, and was unfortunate to not reach his half century.  He finished with 47 runs (5 fours and 2 sixes).  Bilal continued to stay in the crease – and hit three massive massive sixes before getting out on 24.  The last 5 wickets fell for an embarrassing 10 runs, and Oakville were all bowled out for only 138.  Abraiz was the only other batsman to reach double figures (13).  Inspite of a bad first over, Zain Iqbal bounced back in style, and finished with 5.0-0-28-2 and Skipper Pankaj finished with 8.0-1-29-2.  The pick of the bowlers was Harmanjot, who finished with 7.0-1-24-3.



Mississauga had a bad start, losing both the openers with only 15 runs on the board.  Sandeep and Pankaj started working the ball around, and finding gaps with zero trouble.  These two finished the game in 24.2 overs, with an unbeaten 124 run partnership, and both scored half centuries.  A few chances were presented to Oakville, but they were unable to hold on to the catches.  All the bowlers did a good job, but in the end the score was too little to defend.  Bilal and Sikandar were the only wicket takers, with one wicket each.



Oakville look to brush off this loss, and take on a powerful St. Catharines on Sunday at their beautiful new home ground, Niagara Cricket Centre.



Oakville’s Second Division Team win their first game of the season inspite of a tough fight put up by Crescent. SCORECARD



Oakville start strong and finish strong and inspite of a little hiccup in between, hang in to win a tight game by 2 wickets
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After winning the toss, Crescent decided to bat first.  Jagjit and Christian opened the bowling for Oakville and oh boy! were they in the zone.  Jagjit took a wicket in his first over, and Christian took one in his first.  After a few wides and many dots, Christian produced a magical spell, and found 3 more edges in 2 overs.  Dinesh held on to a beautiful catch, and the wicketkeeper took 2.  Jagjit took another wicket from the other end, and soon the score was 22/7.  Imran came in to bowl first change with Dinesh.  Both put pressure on the batsmen, and Imran was the luckier of the two, who broke through the solid defence of skipper Zeeshan and knocked his stumps out of the ground.  Christian came back to finish his spell and took the 9th wicket of the game, getting the batsman to glove the ball, and skipper/wicketkeeper Niaz finished it off with a beautiful diving catch to limit Crescent to 39/9.  Christian – who played his debut game for Oakville, and was put in the line-up by Zain to strengthen the bowling, took 5 wickets. A great decision in the end by Zain to sit out and let this young talent play instead of him.  Niaz, recently elected skipper took 5 catches in the game.  With Crescent down to a way-below average score, Oakville was pretty much convinced that this game would be done in no time – but hats off to a young Liaqat Awan of Crescent, who had no intention of giving up, and produced a remarkable inning of 70 (4 fours and 7 sixes) to single handedly take the score to a respectable 112 before losing his wicket to Jagjit.  A remarkable 73 run partnership for the last wicket, in which the other batsman had 0 runs, gave Crescent a fighting chance to save the game.  Oakville bowlers did a great job, if not for Liaqat, with Christian taking the honours with figures that read 8.0-0-18-5.  Jagjit finished right behind with 7.3-1-16-3.  Dinesh was also wonderful with the ball finishing with 5.0-1-18-0 and Imran finished with 6.0-0-41-2.  Great fielding by Oakville boys, and the top performer in that category was Niaz Ahmad with his 5 catches.



In reply, Oakville started with Dinesh and Mairaj.  Mairaj lost his wicket early, and Jagjit walked in to accompany Dinesh, who started off slow but hit a nice flat straight six to get the scoreboard going.  Jagjit himself had a couple of great hits, and Oakville was cruising towards the total.  However, a few quick wickets of Dinesh and Niaz set things back a bit.  Aizaz planted himself in there and let Jag play freely, but again, a mini-collapse put more damage into Oakville’s progress.  Jag, Aizaz and Tabish all got out together, taking the score to 59/6.  Imran and Srini stabilized the innings, and got a partnership going, until Srini was run out.  Vishnu lost his wicket too, and Oakville quickly found themselves with 29 runs to get with only 2 wickets in hand.  Imran switched from his power hitting style to playing a risk free mature inning.  Christian, who had joined him – was ready to take some risky singles, but Imran kept him calm, and carefully and comfortably steered the team to the required target.  The highlight of the game was when Imran hit a ball to mid-on, and Christian took off for a sneaky single, and was sent back by Imran.  Even though Christian was almost at half pitch – he didn’t give up and ran in and threw himself into the crease, and to everyone’s shock – made it just in time to beat the fielder who came running in to take off the bails.  The entire Oakville pavilion was frozen, and everyone was relieved he made it in time.  Imran was on a mission – and just worked the ball around, and showed great maturity with the bat.  Jagjit top scored with 36 (2 fours and 2 sixes) and Imran finished unbeaten with a valuable 25 (3 fours) and Christian remained not out on 11 (1 four).  A great fight by both teams, who fought till the end.



Oakville’s Second Division game is a re-match of last year’s Finals – against Hamilton at Glenashton Park.


 March, 2012



March Events and Announcements



Oakville Cricket Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 25th from 12 noon to 2 pm



Oakville Cricket Club is inviting new and returning members to attend the AGM to discuss items for the upcoming season.  This meeting is also a time where OCC elects Executives for 2012. 

Looking forward to seeing you all there.  Venue to be posted shortly.


 February, 2012



February Events and Announcements



Oakville Cricket Club has started Indoor Practice for the upcoming 2012 season



Oakville is practicing at the Indoor Cricket League Arena from 2-4 pm on Saturdays.  The facility is located at 7676 Kimbel Street, Mississauga L5S 1B8.

Newcomers welcome to practice with us.

Please contact Nasru (nassyed@gmail or 416-616-5164) for details.



We are also be participating in the ICL (Indoor Cricket League).  Our games are on every Saturday from 12 noon to 2 pm (just before practice).  Please feel free to come and watch us, and possibly play too.

 

 October, 2011



October Events and Announcements



Oakville Cricket Club wins the Second Division CHAMPIONSHIP !!   scorecard



Oakville B are the champions for the first time, with a remarkable win over Hamilton Cricket Club.



After winning the toss, Hamilton put Oakville in to bat, on a cold October afternoon.  The weather was just 10 degrees, with very little sunshine and warmth.  Majid and Mairaj started off the inning, with a beautiful 68 run first wicket parthership.  After losing 2 quick wickets of Mairaj and Niaz, Sheikh and Majid started working towars a big total.  Majid was hitting the ball all over the ground, and showed no mercy.  After an excellent unbeaten 101 in the semi-finals, Majid finished with 98 runs in the Finals.  After Majid’s departure, Oakville lost another two quick wickets of Manik and Imran, but that did not stop the already set batsman, Sheikh, who took charge and started scoring boundaries.  He quickly scored his 50 and took the team past 200 runs, giving Oakville a great total to defend.  Majid Mohmmod top scored, yet again, with 98 runs (13 fours and 2 sixes) followed by Sheikh Nahyaan with a useful 55 runs (3 fours).  In the allotted 33.0 overs, Oakville scored 203 runs, losing just 6 wickets.  Hamilton bowlers didn’t have much luck, but Rupert Stephenson, Renjith Thomas and Yasoob Malik managed one wicket each, and the pick of the bowlers Rony Thomas, finished with 3 wickets.



After a quick 15 minute break, the Oakville boys charged into the field screaming, and ready to give it their all.  They started strong, taking the wicket of Yasoob in the first over, by some good fielding by Nasrullah Syed that led to a run out.  Manik Bhan took 2 quick wickets in his first over, first getting Ali caught at squareleg by Tabish Khot, and then bowling out Marc Young Lai with a beautiful outswinger.  Arbab was the next man in, and he scored some quick runs, but Oakville managed to get him out without doing too much damage, with Manik Bhan taking a beautiful catch on the boundary off Sheikh’s bowling.  Sheikh got Rupert out L.B.W. soon after, and Karim Gilani dismissed the captain Dabeer Khalid, with Manik taking another catch at the boundary.  With 6 wickets down, and another 4 wickets away from victory, Oakville knew that they were almost there. Pragi (31 runs) and Rony (44 runs) of Hamilton fought really hard to give their team a chance – and started building a good partnership.  The asking rate was too high, but they kept fighting and scored some quick runs.  Their partnership was ended after a great play by Oakville Captain Nasrullah Syed, who got a run out with a quick pick up and direct hit.  Majid Mohmmod got two wickets in his next over, with two back to back remarkable catches by Imran Mohammed on the mid-wicket boundary.  With those two wickets, Oakville completed their dream victory and the president Zain Khot was proud and happy to lift that cup high in the air.



Bowling for Oakville: Imran Mohammed bowled his heart out, and did a great job stopping runs and frustrating the batsmen. Manik Bhan, Sheikh Nahyaan and Majid Mohmmod took 2 wickets each.  The pick of the bowlers was Karim Gilani, who turned the game around with 7 great overs, conceding a mere 14 runs and taking a wicket of the opposition captain.  Overall, the fielding and catching was top class, in the semi-finals and finals – Oakville boys threw themselves around, and were charged up throughout the time they were on the field.  The top honours of the playoffs go to Majid Mohmmod, who scored 101 not out in the semi-finals and 98 in the finals, finishing with an average of an unheard 199.00 runs.  Clearly the MVP of the team and a great inspiration for the rest of the boys.



The Winning 11: Nasrullah Syed (captain), Srini Kesavan (vice-captain), Niaz Ahmad (wicketkeeper), Majid Mohmmod, Syed Mairaj Hoda, Manik Bhan, Imran Mohammed, Vishnu Dhanbir, Karim Gilani, Sheikh Nahyaan, Tabish Khot.

Manager / Coach: Zain Khot / Ali Kamal Shah


Oakville Cricket Club wins the Semi-Finals scorecard



Oakville’s Second Division team had finished the regular season ranked 4th, and were due to play Crescent Cricket Club – defending champions AND an undefeated team in the regular season. 



After winning the toss, Oakville put Crescent in to bowl.  Imran Mohammed was given the new ball and put smiles on his teammates faces right away after taking a wicket off his first ball.  Sheikh took the catch at point to send the first batsman back to the pavilion without any runs scored.  Jahanzeb Niazi walked into the crease, and the two batsmen started building a partnership.  Majid Mohmmod was introduced into the attack and took the prized wicket of Niazi with his first ball.  This was the big wicket, and Oakville went into attack mode right away.  Great bowling by the boys put a lid on the scoring and opened a can of wickets.  Crescent were all out for 159 in 39.3 overs.  Karim Gilani was the pick of the bowlers – 7.0-2-32-4, Zain Khot sparkled with 6.3-0-26-2, and were well assisted by Imran Mohammed 8.0-0-24-1, Manik Bhan 5.0-0-26-1, Sheikh Nahyaan 5.0-0-15-1.

Fielding and catching were top class, and the reason Crescent bundled up for such a low total. Sheikh took 3 catches, Niaz Ahmad had two lightning fast stumpings, and Srini Kesavan had an acrobatic catch which would have even impressed Jonty Rhodes.



Chasing 160, Oakville started its innings with Majid Mohmmod and Syed Mairaj Hoda. Mairaj’s wicket was lost early, and Imran Mohammed was sent in to take on the bowlers, and he did just that. A quick and entertaining 23 runs with 2 sixes and 2 fours unsettled the bowlers. Together with Majid, he put on a 79 run partnership, which brings us to the story of the day – Majid Mohmmod’s batting. He was on a mission – of going to the finals in style, and making a strong statement.
As always, he started off slow, with 12 dots .. and reached his 50 in 46 balls with a majestic 6 over long-on, and continued hitting the ball clean and far, and bought up his 100 in 75 balls.  The entire bench jumped and screamed of joy, celebrating Majid’s remarkable century.  Manik Bhan stole a bit of the limelight by quickly scoring a six and 2 quick fours to take Oakville into the finals.  Manik finished with 17 runs, and Majid Mohmmod finished unbeaten with 101 runs off 77 balls, with 8 sixes, 10 fours, 2 doubles, 9 singles and unbelieveable 48 DOTS.  I guess nobody in the cricket playing world would complain about that.  The highlight of the innings was Majid scoring 4 sixes and 1 four in a single over – off the attack bowler.  Sabir Awan of Crescent took 3 wickets and was the only successful bowler.  The score was reached in a mere 23.4 overs.



Oakville will take on Hamilton Cricket Club in the Division Finals.



 June, 2011



June Events and Announcements



Oakville’s Premier team batting line-up collapses to Crescent’s powerful bowling. SCORECARD



A bad display of batting by Oakville hand them the 3rd loss of the season.

After winning the toss, Oakville was put in to bat first.  Niaz and Abreez got off to a slow start, being watchful and taking no risks against a great bowling attack.  Wickets started falling regularly, and Crescent was on top in no time.  After 20 overs, Oakville had only scored 49 runs and lost 5 big wickets.  Dilip and Dinesh tried to get a partnership going, but only managed to add 19 runs, and after losing another 3 wickets quickly, Oakville were down to 64 for 8 wickets.  Sheikh Nahyaan and Imran helped add 34 runs and after Imran’s exit, Nasru came in and helped Sheikh add another 18 runs.  Oakville were bowled out for only 116 runs. Sheikh finished unbeaten with 21 runs (three 4s).  On a small Oakville ground – the batsmen came up with only three 6s.  Ali Hafeez was the leading wicket taker with 3 wickets, followed by Qasim Yaqoob’s 2 wickets towards the end.  The pick of the bowlers, however, was Habib Karzai, who bowled a dream spell of 8 overs, giving only 8 runs, and picking up one wicket.



Crescent knew that they were going to finish this off in no time, showing their intention by scoring 43 runs in the first 4 overs.  Imran picked up a wicket in between all this hitting, getting the batsman to edge the ball to deep 3rd man, where Vijayan had to run forward and take a low catch.  Unfortunately, he fell hard on his shoulder, and fractured his clavicle bone.  Dilip took away Ahmed Habib’s wicket getting him to edge the ball to 2nd slip where John took a comfortable catch.  Ali Hafeez came in and joined Zia Sarwar in tryiing to finish off the inning quick.  They got the remaining 68 runs in no time.  They both finished unbeaten with 39 runs each.  Imran and Dilip were the only wicket-takers.



Oakville look to brush off this loss, and take on Crescent one more time on Sunday at their home ground at Mohawk Park in Hamilton.



Oakville’s Second Division Team loses a heartbreaker despite a remarkable century by Majid Mohmmod. SCORECARD



Oakville B batsmen disappoint their team mate who scored a stunning century, losing the game by 50 runs
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After winning the toss, Stoney Creek decided to bat first.  Losing Deepak Bakshi with only 3 runs on the board, SCCA put on a good partnership following that, and kept building on Babar Kailay’s shoulders.  Vishal and Raman supported him really well, scoring 26 runs each.  The next few batsmen contributed in getting runs on the board and Babar started taking on the bowlers, and finally getting out for 67 runs.  Oakville tried to maintain SCCA but ended up taking 9 wickets, leaking 219 runs.  Oakville bowlers fought hard, with Imran being the best of the bunch, ending with 8.0-1-25-4, followed by an excellent spell from Karim 8.0-0-27-1.  Nasru and Umair took a wicket each.



In reply, Oakville started with Nasru and Majid, and Majid put on a show.  After losing 4 quick wickets, and with no support for Majid, Karim came in to bat and stabilized the innings.  This got Majid in a little aggressive mood, and he started taking on the bowlers, punishing them at will.  He bought up his 50 in just 45 balls, with a beautiful six into the dog park.  He scored 53 in 45 balls and his remaining 53 came in only 23 balls.  He gave Oakville a shot at winning the game, but lost his wicket after scoring 106.  His spectacular inning contained 12 fours and 8 sixes.  After his wicket fell, Oakville’s lower order collapsed, and Oakville was short by 50 runs.  Vishal was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 top order wickets, Deepak was bought into the attack after Majid’s wicket, and he cleaned up the lower order with Harnek, taking 5 wickets between them.



Oakville B’s next outing is Crescent Colts at Mohawk Park.


Oakville’s Premier team delivers an all-round performance to seal their second win. SCORECARD



A great opening stand of 72 runs and a great unbeaten 47 by Abreez towards the end helps Oakville put up a big total and win by 98 runs.

After winning the toss, Oakville went in to bat first.  Ali and Vijay started off in style, hitting sixes all over the park.  After scoring only 55 runs in 20 overs in their previous game, the openers reached 50 in just 26 balls.  Ali’s remarkable inning came to an end when he was caught by Owais just steps before the long-on boundary.  He scored 39 runs in 23 balls, with five 6s and one 4. Jag joined in on the party, where Vijayan had now taken charge, scoring boundaries at a good pace.  He reached his 50 in 43 balls, but was out immediately after.  His remarkable 55 came in 55 balls, with three 6s and six 4s.  The first 15 overs were great for Oakville, scoring 114 runs for the loss of only 2 wickets, but the next 15 overs didn’t work out too good for Oakville.  They only managed 43 runs in the 15 overs with the loss of 6 wickets.  The last 10 overs is where Oakville went for the kill.  Abreez showed his excellence with the bat and very well supported by Manik and Saqib.  These three helped score 87 runs in the final 10 overs to take the score to 244 in the 40 overs. Oakville scored 40 runs in the last 2 overs.  Halton’s best bowlers were Bilal Arif (3 wickets) followed by Imran Raja and Saqib Siddiqui (2 wickets each).



Halton Warriors had a slower start, thanks to a great opening spell by Jag and 2 quick wickets by Manik.  Dilip and Skeikh provided a great second spell, slowing the batsmen down and building the required run rate pressure on them.  This bought in the next 2 bowlers for Oakville, Saqib and Vijay.  Saqib added the brakes on them, and Vijay destroyed their hopes of a win by taking two big wickets off his first 4 balls.  Saqib ran through the remaining batsmen, without leaking many runs.  Oakville got all 10 wickets for only 146 runs, winning the game by 98 runs.  Saqib was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 wickets for 23 runs in his 6 overs.  Manik and Vijay took 2 wickets each, and Dilip and Sheikh got one each.



Oakville look to continue their winning ways by beating the # 1 team, Crescent – at Glenashton Park.



Oakville’s Second Division Team lose a heartbreaker. SCORECARD



Oakville B gave the champs a run for their money, and lost an ever so close game by 6 runs
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After winning the toss, Crescent Colts decided to bat first, and started off losing a quick wicket to Manik. M. Koya was the next one to go after scoring a few quick runs. The next two batsmen built a good partnership, and kept the runs coming in quick time. Jahanzeb Niazi played some excellent shots despite an injured finger, but soon fell to Imran’s bowling, edging a beautiful ball to the slips. Ahmed Habib took the scoring up a notch and the game had started to slip from Oakville, until Karim and Sheikh were bought in to bowl. These two bowled an amazing 7 overs together, giving away only 21 runs between them and taking the remaining 7 wickets of Crescent to bundle them up for only 169. Ahmed was the leading run scorer with 60 runs off only 62 balls, with two 4s and five 6s.  Sheikh Nahyaan’s beautifull spell of 3-0-11-3 was only outdone by Karim Gilani’s incredible spell of 4-0-10-4.



In reply, Oakville got off to a bad start, losing Mairaj with only 17 runs on the board.  Abreez was run out shortly, and Niaz was caught behind after hitting three beautiful off-side sixes.  Oakville lost the remaining opener Nasru, and with the score down to 55 runs for 5 wickets, it was time for Manik to come in and take over the game.  Karim supported him well on the other end, and these two put on a great partnership to bring Oakville back into the game.  Manik was out after scoring 69 quick runs off only 49 balls, including eight 6s and one 4.  Oakville lost another quick wicket, and Imran walked in to the crease.  He scored 21 quick runs, including one huge 6 but got out the very next ball.  Oakville needed only 9 more runs to win, but lost the remaining two wickets – just 7 runs short of the finish line.  Crescent Colts bowled and fielded very well, with Sabir Awan leading the bowling figures with 4 wickets for 27 runs in just under 8 overs.  Jahanzeb took 2 wickets. 



A very hard fought match, but Oakville should have pulled off a win.  Next week they take on Stoney Creek at Glenashton Park.


Oakville’s Premier team’s game against Halton Warriors was called off due to ground unavailability



Oakville’s Premier team plays Halton Warriors on Sunday at Glenashton Park.


Oakville’s Second Division Team come up with a big win against Stoney Creek C. A. SCORECARD



Oakville B bowlers did fielders put out an excellent performance and earn a great win
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Stoney Creek won the toss and elected to field first, which worked out to be a great decision for them as the pitch had no bounce due to recent rain.  Oakville got a great start from the openers Mairaj and Nasru.  Mairaj played some excellent strokes, and some good running between the wickets took the score to 58 when the first wicket fell.  Mairaj quickly followed after an aggressive 34 (one 4, two 6s). Karim and Majid stabilized the innings and took the score to 100 for 2 wickets in 20 overs.  After the water break, Oakville got into a major collapse.  From 103 for 2, Oakville dropped to 122 for 9.  It seemed that the total was going to be way over 200, but some tight bowling, and with the ball keeping really low on the pitch, Oakville found their ship sinking.  Zain and Sheikh had a remarkable partnership for the 10th wicket, Zain being the watchful one, and Sheikh being the aggressor.  The partnership took Oakville’s score to 154.  Sheikh played an excellent innings, and remained unbeaten on 22 (one 4, two 6s).  The spinners Paramjit (7-0-26-3) and Deepak (8-1-21-4) ran through Oakville’s middle order, and Dev and Harnek took one wicket each.  Stoney Creek bowled great but leaked 46 extras, including 41 wides.



In response, Stoney Creek failed to get to a flying start, with Nasru taking out Deepak in the 4th over for only 5, and Paramjit fell in the 6th over, caught and bowled by Nasru who hung on to a sharp return catch. In came Majid to bowl his leg spinners, and Stoney Creek looked to attack him.  Two batsmen fell back to back playing against the spin and lofting the ball to long-off, where Nasru held on to two catches, including a skier of Stoney Creek’s opening batsman, Babar, who top scored with 44 runs.  Majid followed with two more wickets, this time the ball being hit to long-on, where Tabish took two excellent catches.  Majid kept taking wickets from one end, and from the other end, Zain bowled his gentle medium pace balls, most of which were played and missed.  His 8 overs went for only 19 runs, which is one of the best economy rates for Oakville this year.  He also took the important wicket of Dev.  Stoney Creek tried to hang in and get the win, but Oakville’s excellent bowling and catching stole the game away from Stoney Creek.  Nasru took 2 wickets, and Imran, Zain, Sheikh took one wicket each, as Oakville wrapped up Stoney Creek for only 116, and won the game by 38 runs.  The star of the game was Majid, who bowled 8 overs, and took 5 wickets for 27 runs.



Oakville B’s next challenge is to take on the defending champions of 2010, Crescent Colts, who have not lost a game yet this year.  Oakville will give them a run for their money on Saturday at Glenashton Park.




Mississauga Ramblers too much for Oakville’s bowlers. SCORECARD



Anthony Pratt’s excellent all round performance hands Oakville a tough loss.

After winning the toss, Oakville went in to bat first.  Ali and Saqib opened the innings, and Saqib lost his wicket early.  Jagjit and Ali tried to get a hold of Anthony’s bowling but couldn’t take the attack back to him.  After a slow start, Oakville only had 55 runs in 20 overs.  The next 20 overs helped Oakville put a fighting total of 159 in their alloted 40 overs.  Jagjit and Vijay top scored with 27 runs each.  John and Niaz followed with 22 runs each.  The highlight of the innings was a six hit by Majid – the only 6 of the game – which was difficult to do on Iceland.



Mississauga started off strong, taking on the bowlers and scoring runs at will, Anthony was hitting the ball hard and stealing singles and doubles.  He top scored with 45 runs, followed by Archit (43) and Priyank (32) who helped them reach the total of 160 with the loss of only 3 wickets and almost 8 overs to spare.  John, Vijay and Saqib took one wicket each.



Oakville look to bounce back against Halton Warriors next week.



Oakville’s Second Division Team get their first win of the season. SCORECARD



Oakville B bounced back with an excellent win against St. Catharines, thanks to great bowling and fielding by Oakville
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St. Catharines won the toss for the second week in a row and batted first, hoping to have a repeat 300 run performance yet again.  Oakville bowlers started strong, and got wickets at 15-20 run intervals.  Oakville bowlers were very economical, and didn’t let the game slip like last week.  In just over 29 overs, Oakville took all 10 wickets for 128 runs.  The best batting performance by far was from Dr. Sandhu, who came opening and was stranded at one end, while wickets kept falling at the other.  He showed great focus and patience, and scored an excellent 49 runs.  Oakville got some great bowling contributions from Sikandar (2 for 38), Manik (3 for 34) and Majid (2 for 23).  The best bowling performance was once again from Imran, 7 overs, 1 maiden, 15 runs, 2 wickets.



In response, St. Catharines took out Oakville’s captain in the first over itself, but Niaz took the team on his shoulders, and took the team to a good comfortable platform, where Manik (29) and Imran (19) finished off things in style, hitting two sixes each, including the winning six.  Niaz top scored with a brilliant 32 (one 4, four 6s).



Oakville B’s next task is to take on Stoney Creek Cricket Academy, next Saturday at Mohawk Park.



Oakville’s Premier Team get their first win of the season. SCORECARD



After a bad first game, Oakville bounce back with a good bowling performance and take home their first win.

After winning the toss, Hamilton put Oakville in to bat.  Vijay and Sheikh opened the innings, but failed to do much, putting only 9 runs on the board before getting out, both to good catches by Hamilton fielders.  John and Abished went in to bat knowing that a big partnership was required.  They started with singles and doubles, and then took on the bowling by hitting some great boundaries.  After a solid 110 run partnership, they both fell, once again to good catches.  John was caught on the boundary at 45 (38 balls, one 4, five 6s) and Abishek was caught behind for 34 (four 5s, one 6).  Following their exit, Oakville middle order and tail did not do much, with the exception of Adil (24) and Manik (17).  Oakville was bowled out for a low score of 158 in only 27.3 overs.  Damian was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 wickets for 34 runs in his 8 over spell, and Ayaaz, Rony and Renjith all took 2 wickets each.



Hamilton started the innings with Ayaaz and Usman, and after a few close calls, Usman was finally caught by Vijay, taking a diving catch at Gully.  Yasoob was the next man in, but fell without scoring any runs, to a beautiful ball by John, edging it and seeing Adil take a low diving catch in the slips.  Imran took out the next two batsmen in no time.  Rupert came in to accompany Ayaaz, who was playing good on one end, and finally got a batsman to stay in the crease with him.  Manik took out Rupert with a beautiful delivery that was edged to the keeper.  Ayaaz was finally dismissed by Manoj, after scoring a valuable 37 runs.  The only other batsmen who scored double figures were Rony and Renjith, who hit two sixes each, but could not see Hamilton through the finish line.  Oakville took their 10 wickets for 116 runs, winning comfortably by 42 runs.  The two pacers bowled remarkably, John had great figures of 8 overs, 3 maidens, 19 runs and 2 wickets.  Imran was the star of the day, 7.3 overs, 2 maidens, 20 runs and 4 wickets.  Manoj and Manik took 2 wickets each.



A great display of fielding and catching by both teams, but the highlight of the day was Abishek’s catch at mid-wicket, who came out of nowhere, and took a low diving catch to shock everyone on and off the field. Oakville will look to continue their win streak against the powerful Ramblers on Sunday, in Mississauga’s Iceland ground.



Oakville’s Second Division Team start the season with an embarassing loss. SCORECARD



A bad bowling performance by Oakville B and an excellent 155 run 6th wicket partnership by St. Catharines’ batsman help them seal an easy win over Oakville
.



St. Catharines won the toss and batted first, and started off watchfully as Manik and Imran provided a good bowling attack.  Oakville were 2 bowlers short and St. Catharines made full use of this.  Oakville’s top 3 bowlers went for a combined 112 runs in their 24 overs, but the remaining 16 overs leaked 196 runs.  Imran and Vishnu took 3 wickets each and Zain and Manik took 1 each.  The pick of the St. Catharines batsmen were Zeeshan with 74 runs (nine 6s) and Fardeen with 79 runs (six 4s, six 6s).  St. Catharines also had 3 other batsmen with 30 runs each.  They put up a mammoth total of 308 in their alloted 40 overs.



In response, Oakville only managed 176 runs.  Majid top scored with 43 runs and Srini played a vice-captain’s knock scoring 31 runs.  Oakville lost by 132 runs.


Oakville’s Premier Team starts the season with a tough loss. SCORECARD



In a match dominated by St. Catharines’ superstar, Tawab Ikram, who took 4 wickets and scored a 50 to embarass Oakville and hand them their first loss.

After a delayed start and a shortened game, Oakville won the toss and decided to bat first. Niaz and Nasrullah opened the innings and failed to score any runs, and fell to Tawab’s bowling.  John played sensibly to set himself in, but wickets fell at the opposite end, with Vijay caught at square leg after hitting a mighty six, and Majid being given LBW.  Ali Shah lost his wicket quickly and John Kirstein followed shortly.  Saqib and Adil started to build a partnership, which was desperately required as Oakville were 8 wickets down with only 51 runs on the board.  Adil played a remarkable inning, and Saqib supported him well.  Adil started off with singles and doubles, and then took on the St. Catharines bowlers for boundaries.  After a 63 run 9th wicket partnership, Saqib was run out after a positive 13.  Dinesh walked in to accompany Adil in his run fest, and these two continued scoring runs, adding another 38 runs before Adil lost his wicket.  A remarkable inning of 76 runs in just 49 balls (seven 6s and 5 4s) helped Oakville post a half-decent score of 152.  The second highest score was extras which STC leaked 28 rusn.  Tawab Ikram was the star bowler taking 4 top order wickets in his 7 overs.



St. Catharines started off very positive, with Zia scoring easy runs, mostly in boundaries.  After a quick 41 run partnership, Zia was caught in the slips off Dinesh’s bowling.  Zia scored 25 runs with 3 beautiful 6s.  This got Tawab to the crease who came in with the intention to take on Oakville’s bowling attack.  Tawab scored runs off almost every and any ball, timing the ball perfectly and hitting sixes at will. Oakville bowlers tried everything but none proved good enough to stop the run fest.  After a 61 run partnership, Oakville managed to get the other opener, Faizan out, who had very quitely and sensibly scored 23 runs.  Oakville finally got Tawab out, LBW to a full toss ball from Vijay, but Tawab had already sealed the game for St. Catharines, with a quick 54 (three 6s and two 4s).  The next two batsmen finished the remaining runs, and St. Catharines reached their target in under 19 overs.  Oakville’s best bowling figures belonged to Vijay, who took 2 wickets for 15 runs in his 2 overs.



A tough loss to start the season, but Oakville will look to bounce back next week against Hamilton, at Churchill Park on Sunday.



Oakville B faced another cancelled game due to rain, and are due to play St. Catharines B next Saturday at Glenashton.




 May, 2011



May Events and Announcements



Time to Practice Outdoors



On Saturday, May 7th, 2011, we will be practicing at Glenashton from 12:00 noon till 4:00 pm – rain or shine.

Please be there
if you want to be considered for selection for the May 15th playing 11.





 April, 2011

April Events and Announcements



Oakville Cricket Club Annual General Meeting



On Friday April 29th, 2011, the Oakville Cricket Club ‘Annual General Meeting‘ was held at Oakville Town Hall.  For meeting minutes, click here.



Club Executives for 2011:



President – Zain Khot

Vice President – Manik Bhan

Secretary – Saqib Mushtaque

Treasurer – Srini Kesavan



Premier Division Team:


Captain – Saqib Mushtaque

Vice Captain – Manik Bha
n



Second Division Team:


Captain – Nasrullah Syed

Vice Captain – Srini Kesavan




Indoor Practice



OCC practices indoors on Saturdays, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, at:

Qasra Sports Inc. 185 Carlingview Drive, Ontario, M9W 5E8.

Oakville Cricket Club welcomes all new applicants, to come and practice with the members.






2010 Season Recap



Oakville Players shine at HDCL Awards



In a great event filled with some of the best cricketers in the league and their families, Oakville Cricket Club was proud to be among some of the top award recipients.

John Kirstein
 bagged two league awards, including Ed Burn T20 Best All Rounder and Premier Division Best Fielder.  John was also part of the HDCL Elite team and received a medal for being on the runner-up squad.

Ali Kamal Shah
 received the Premier Division Best Batsman award for the 2nd straight year, with his amazing accomplishment of 525 runs.

Nasrullah Syed received the HDCL Best Administrator award.

Zain Khot
 received the MVP Award for Oakville Cricket Club for all his hard work throughout the season. 



Oakville Cricket Club Awards



Most Consistent Player 2010
Jagjit Singh

After finishing the 2009 season as the League’s leading wicket taker, and earning the League’s Best Bowler 2009 title, Jagjit was not satisfied with his overall performance, and believed he could contribute much more to the team.  He started the 2010 season demanding to go up the batting order, and made an amazing comeback as a batsman, helping the team with some great and consistent batting performances.  He finished the season as the 3rd highest run scorer in the league, and with two 50s under his belt, and an average of 25.77, he stabilized the innings when required, and took charge when the situation called for it.  He was part of a league leading amazing 190 run second wicket partnership.  He was also one of the top bowlers and fielders on the team, and his all-heart bowling performance in the semi-finals will never be forgotten.



Most Dynamic Player 2010
Bilal Khanzada

In his first game of the season, just before going in to bat, Bilal asked his team mates if anyone has ever hit the ball on Eight Line.  The simple and quick answer was no.  The second ball he faced in that inning was hit so high and so hard, that the ball bounced on the road.  Everyone was in shock, and that was not all we saw off his bat.  Bilal entertained his team mates, and gave the opposition nightmares for days, after some of his amazing and dominating performances.  His top scores of the season were as follows: 43 in 27 balls (1 four, 5 sixes), 48 in 21 balls (1 four, 5 sixes), 80 in 43 balls (2 four, 9 sixes) and an unbelievable 108 in 35 balls (3 four, 15 sixes).  His worst shot of the season was a reverse-sweep – which was also a six.  He had some amazing partnerships with his team mates, won some big games for OCC, and also took OCC into semi-finals.  He cleared the biggest boundaries in the league by miles.  For years to come, bowlers would request their captains to take them out of the bowling attack when he is at the crease.  The most entertaining, feared, dynamic player of OCC – Bilal Khanzada.



T20 Player 2010
John Kirstein

A player who some might say is a very watchful batsman who takes no risks whatsoever, John proved his critics wrong by scoring 215 runs and getting out only once in the tournament, therefore ending with an average of 215.00.  He scored 115 not out, 64 not out and 36, all in quick time and with some very classy boundaries.  In addition, he did some excellent bowling, had a few unbelievable catches, an outstanding runout.  The Twenty20 player of the Year – John Kirstein.



Best Bowler 2010
Saqib Mushtaque


Following an average 2009 season, Saqib was told by his teammates that his balling was not up to par, and that batsmen easily read him after a couple of overs.  He was allowed to ball a maximum of 4 overs per game, and he happily agreed.  I guess at this point he was the only one who knew what he was capable of, and he was going to prove everyone wrong.  With a game saving performance in the very first match of the year, Saqib was on a high.  He took key wickets in every game, stopped runs from leaking at one end, was hard to read by many batsmen, and turned some games around.  Throughout the season, he had a knee problem which kept getting worse, but Saqib, one of the most passionate cricketers, played through the pain, and played a key role in one of OCC’s most successful seasons.  The highest wicket taker for OCC – Saqib Mushtaque.



Best Batsman 2010
Ali Kamal Shah
One of the most dominating batsman of the league, and winner of Best Batsman Award for 2009, Ali started where he left off last season, with a 50 in his first game.  The power hitting continued throughout the season, and he got Oakville to a flying start in almost every game.  He shared two league leading partnerships, for the 1st wicket with Vijayan – 90 runs, and for the 2nd wicket with Jagjit – 190 runs.  He led the league for the 2nd straight year in most runs, and most boundaries.  With two 50s and two 100s, a record 525 runs scored at an average of 43.75, the Best Batsman of OCC – Ali Kamal Shah.



Best All Rounder 2010
John Kirstein


Batting: After starting off slow, thanks to being given LBW in 4 of his first 5 games, John turned things around and got his fine touch back, scoring consistently and confidently.  He finished the season as the #4 run scorer of the league, and with his dream run during the T20 playoffs, he is the most careful aggressive batsman of the club, and an example of technique, patience, stamina and confidence.  He proved to his team mates that runs CAN be scored off singles and doubles.

Bowling: A lightning fast bowler, John made many batsmen in the league dance to his tune.  He shook the most confident batsman, who if lucky, only scored off him through edges.

Fielding: The best fielder in the league, by far, John has a history of taking some amazing catches.  He has left batsmen shocked and motionless in the crease after those high-flying dives, which he easily got both hands to.  No ball ever passed him, and no batsman ever desired to take him on. 

One of the most complete cricketers the League has seen, the Best All Rounder of the Year – John Kirstein. 






September Events and Announcements



Jagjit’s heroics were not enough to take Oakville in the League Finals



Oakville fight hard to defend a low score and pull off a miracle, but Pankaj Gupta’s 53 not out help the Ramblers advance into the finals. 



Oakville was put in to bat by Mississauga, who won the toss.  Abreez and Vijayan started the innings playing watchfully.  After a good partnership of 31, Abreez was the first to fall.  Jagjit lost his wicket immediately after, which got John into the crease.  John and Vijayan started building the inning, and had a good 47 run partnership before Vijayan was unfortunately given run out.  He batted amazing, as usual, and scored 41 valuable runs.  Ali and Manik didn’t add much to the score, and quickly the three wickets for Oakville fell.  Dinesh and Tahir Bilal were the only following batsmen in double figures, as Oakville was packed for 131 with 2 balls to spare in the alloted 40 overs.  Pankaj Gupta bowled superbly for Mississauga (8.0-3-12-2) and Wafa Abbas (8.0-1-20-2), Mohammad Suleman (8.0-0-36-3) and Ranjith Chaudri (3.3-1-5-2) were the wicket takers.



In reply, Oakville started strong, with Jagjit Singh demanding the ball.  With the perfect conditions for a bowling side, Jagjit started off in style, taking a wicket off the first and last ball of his first over, with both batsmen edging the ball to the wicket keeper. The next two batsmen started building the innings, with Pankaj carefully seeing off the swing, but Jagjit displayed his master class with getting the ball swing so far wide, that he had the batsman missing every ball, and getting a couple of edges and mistimed shots to score the runs.  In his 5th over, Jagjit bowled another beauty, and knocked the middle stump to get his third wicket.  And a couple of balls later, DV Punia got a leading edge back to the bowler, Jagjit, who ran in front, and dove at almost half-pitch to take a beautiful catch.  With the score at 25/4 in 9 overs, Oakville had Mississauga where they wanted them.  Jagjit finished off his excellent spell with 8.0-0-25-4 and the following bowlers continued building on his hard work.  John, Manik and Vijayan bowled hard, but Mississauga managed to sneak runs here and there, and were successfully approaching their required target.  Manik and Vijayan took a wicket each, but Pankaj Gupta kept fighting and kept the scoreboard ticking.  Playing carefully, and slowly, he took Mississauga to safety, and got to his 50. With 38 balls to spare, and 4 wickets in hand, Mississauga won the game.



With this hard fought game, Oakville’s season comes to an end, it was a great season and Oakville would like to congratulate and applaud all the great performances of the team and individuals over the summer.  Next year, we will get back at it, practice hard, and play harder.  Thanks for all the support we received from friends and families.



The league’s championship games was held on Sunday, and Crescent beat Mississauga to take away the championship for the 2nd year in a row.




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akville loses Ed-Burn Twenty20 Semi-Finals inspite of a brilliant batting performance by John. SCORECARD



A poor batting performance by Oakville helps Crescent knock them out of the Championship game. 



Oakville won the toss and elected to field first.  Crescent had only one thing in mind – singles and doubles, and they started off doing just that.  They kept taking runs even after hitting the ball straight to the fielders, and kept the scoreboard ticking at a healthy rate.  After Ali Shah took a good catch off Jagjit’s bowling to get rid of Ali Hafeez, in walked Arjun Vishal, playing his first game for Crescent.  He frustrated the Oakville bowlers by scoring off pretty much every ball.  Zia was next to fall, top edging an easy catch off John’s bowling.  Saqib came in to the attack and slowed the Crescent batsmen a bit, taking two important wickets.  Qasim added some valuable runs to the board too.  Oakville had three run-outs in a row to finish Crescent’s batting with 155/9 on the board in their 20 overs.  Arjun top scored for Crescent with 46 runs and Qasim added 24.  Even though Oakville had a poor day on the field, the highlight was John’s excellence on the field.  He took an amazing diving catch, which left everyone stunned, and he had a direct hit, far from covers, to get a batsman run-out – who was casually walking into the crease, underestimating John’s abilities.  Saqib (4-0-23-2) and John (3-0-20-2) had the best bowling figures, and Vijayan and Jagjit took 1 wicket each.



In reply, Oakville had a bad start, losing Dinesh’s wicket for only 2 runs.  Jagjit quickly followed without adding much to the scoreboard.  Ali got some great shots in, hitting a beautiful six and 2 fours, but got out to a quick yorker by Tahir.  He scored 24 runs (two 4s and one 6).  Vijayan fell for a duck too, and Oakville was now 4 wickets down for only 33 runs.  John and Saqib tried to revive the innings, but the asking rate started sky-rocketing, and with wickets falling on the other end, John started taking charge and hit the bowlers for some huge 6s.  He could not get a good partner to match his tempo, but he fought till the end.  He was not out with 64 runs (one 4 and four 6s) as Oakville finished their 20 overs with 118/9, 37 runs short of winning.  Besides Ali (24) and John (64*), no other Oakville batsman managed double figures.  Tahir, Ali, and Arjun each took 2 wickets for Crescent, and Aftab and Virender took one each.



Crescent went on to win the championship the next day, beating Hamilton comfortably.



Oakville Cricket Club had an exciting Twenty20 run, and would like to thank the teams and league executives for arranging a successful tournament.  Oakville would also like to applaud John Kirstein’s performance in the short format of the game, scoring 215 runs and getting out only once in the tournament, therefore ending with an average of 215.00.  He scored 115 not out and 64 not out, and we hope he keeps up his great form throughout the next weekend.



The league’s championship games are coming up this weekend, with Crescent taking on Halton Stars at Mohawk (Hamilton) and Mississauga hosting Oakville for the Semi-Final games, both on Saturday, September 25th, 2010 at 1:00 pm.  The League’s Final will be played on Sunday, September 26th, 2010 at 1:00 pm.  We would like to invite family/friends to come and cheer for Oakville.  The game will be played at Avebury Ground, but please check back on Friday to confirm the venue.




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akville march into playoffs with an inspirational win over Mississauga. SCORECARD



An amazing batting performance by Oakville led by John and Bilal K. help Oakville secure a spot in the semi-finals.  Going in to the game, Oakville faced a tough task, as they had to win the game against Mississauga or they would be eliminated from the playoffs.  Knowing this, Oakville players have spent sleepless nights, and they did not want to see their season end.



Mississauga won the toss and elected to bat first.  They started off very cautiously, seeing off the new ball.  John and Bilal S. bowled excellent, giving away only 16 runs in the 7 overs between them.  Anand was the first to fall, trying to steal a single after hitting the ball in John’s path, who picked it up and threw it to the bowlers end, and Jagjit had no trouble knocking the wicket down.  Shuaib fell in the next over to similar fashion, trying to steal a quick single, and Jagjit picked up the ball and threw it to the wicketkeeper who easily knocked down the stumps.  Nandit and Ibrar started the recovery process, slowing the game down and re-building the innings, but Nandit fell to a beautiful leg-cutter by Manik, who pitched the ball on middle stump and knocked down the off stump.  At the halfway mark, Mississauga were only 63/3, when Sandip Jyoti walked in.  A very calm, collected batsman, started building the innings with singles and doubles, and a few classy boundaries when the bowler made any mistake.  Ibrar was given out LBW to Dipin’s first ball of the game, being caught motionless as the ball hit his pad.  He scored a mature and sensible 19 runs.  DV walked in to accompany Sandip, and these two successfully took Mississauga past 100.  Sandip was looking in top form, as he started taking on the bowlers, but a sharp reflex return catch by Dipin off his own bowling ended Sandip’s excellent innings of 44 (three 4s and one 6).  The next pair kept the tempo going, taking the score past 150.  DV was the next man out, trying to clear the long on boundary, but hit the ball straight down Ali’s throat.  Ranjit was the next wicket to fall being caught behind off John.  Bertram did some quick damagae to Oakville, scoring a beautiful six and four before top edging a ball to Jagjit.  Mississauga ended their 40 overs with 192/8, with Sandip (44), DV (25) and Murtaza (21*) leading the scoring.  Oakville’s bowlers did a fantastic job, with John (8-1-27-2) and Dipin (7-0-45-2) leading in the wicket category, and with useful contributions from the remaining bowlers.



With a tough score to get in order to keep their playoff hopes alive, Ali and Vijay walked in the crease, but Oakville was unlucky to lose Ali with only 4 runs on the board. Jagjit also fell quickly after to Videsh, which bought in the skipper, John into the crease. Vijay was in top form, and scored some beautiful cover drives which just ran to the fence in a slow outfield at Avebury.  He was troubled by Shane Miles though, and was out caught on 33 (three 4s).  With the score at 45/3 in just over 10 overs, John and Dipin knew that all they had to do is get 5 runs an over for the next 15 overs, and they would guarantee a promising finish.  The duo did just that, scoring around 5 an over, and disturbing the fielders by stealing runs all over the field, and forcing some overthrows.  The two batted on for 18 overs, and got 96 runs between them, before Dipin was bowled by a great delivery by Sandip Jyoti.  He scored 24 valuable runs – all in singles and doubles.  John quickly followed after edging a ball into the wicket keepers glove off Shuaib.  He played a captain’s innings, rescuing Oakville from a tight corner.  He top scored with 55, his second 50 of the season.  His dismissal bought in Bilal Khanzada to the crease, with all hopes of playoffs on his shoulders.  Oakville needed 58 more runs in the last 10 overs.  Abhishek stabilized one end, and Bilal Khanzada started eyeing the boundaries.  In the pavilion, the rest of the team were nervous, because they thought that the Avebury boundary is too hard to clear, and with the legside boundary packed with 4 fielders on the ropes, and an excellent bowler in Sandip, what if Bilal got out ? It would shatter the team.  Well, as the others were wondering the size of the ground, Bilal hit the ball so far out of the ground, at the longest mark of the field, that the Oakville bench just stared in shock and they couldn’t believe what just happened.  But that wasn’t all, he hit 2 more sixes in the next 3 balls and one 4 to steal 24 runs off Sandip’s over, and this changed the game completely.  Bilal was still in fine tune, and his bat was scared of the punches, he hit another six on the players pavilion shed in Avebury.  In my 12 years of cricket in this ground, I have never seen any ball go that far out of this huge ground.  Bilal, unfortunately, was run-out on 48, trying to steal strike off a no-ball.  But he did his job for Oakville – leaving only 6 runs to get in over 4 overs.  He scored five huge 6s and one 4 in his 21 ball 48.  Oakville batsmen, led by John, Bilal, Vijayan and Dipin, all did their job, and took Oakville to #3 spot, and clinched playoffs.  Bertram bowled excellent, conceding only 18 runs in 7 overs, whereas Videsh took 2 crucial wickets, and Shane, Sandip and Shuaib all took 1 wickets each.



Oakville are happy to make it to the playoffs after a long break, and hope all the teams good luck. Oakville would also like to recognize and acknowledge the passion that St. Catharines cricketers have displayed throughout the season.



Oakville now plays the regular season semi-finals against Mississauga on Saturday, September 25th.



~ Please continue reading below for Ed-Burn Twenty20 updates ~






 August, 2010



August Events and Announcements





Oakville loses the first game, but wins the following three in the league’s T20 tournament, to finish 2nd in the eastern conference.



Game 1 – Oakville vs Mississauga Ramblers, August 14, 2010


Oakville won the toss and elected to bat first.  They started off with a disaster when Abhishek edged the first ball of the game and was safely taken by the slip fielder.  Vijayan and Jagjit started building the inning from scratch, starting with singles and doubles, and getting the odd boundary.  After adding 38 runs, Jagjit was bowled by a beautiful delivery from Priyank.  John walked in to the crease, and joined Vijayan, who was playing some classy cover drives and scoring 4s regularly.  These two put up a good 60 run partnership, including 4 beautiful long-on sixes by John.  John got out after scoring 36 valuable runs (four 6s and two 4s).  The next three wickets of Bilal K., Ali and Srini fell without adding much to the total.  Shabbir was the next man in, and hit one really really long six and got out immediately after.  Oakville finished the 20 overs with 143/9, with Vijayan carrying the bat through the innings, finishing unbeaten for 66 off 53 balls, including 10 classy 4s.  Mississauga bowled and fielded very well, with Asad Zaidi taking 3 wickets and Ranjit Chaudri taking 2 wickets.

In reply, Mississauga started off strong, Waqas Junaid and Priyank Chohan taking Oakville bowlers to school.  They added 125 runs for the first wicket, with both the openers scoring 50s.  Waqas was caught at long-on after scoring 64 runs (three 4s and three 6s) and Priyank remained not out with 57 runs (seven 4s and one 6).  Umer Arshad also contributed with 14 runs to finish off the innings.  Mississauga reached the required target with 22 balls and 8 wickets left.  Saqib and Fahad were the only wicket-takers for Oakville.



Game 2 – Oakville vs Stoney Creek, August 21, 2010

Oakville won the toss and elected to bat first.  A great display of batting by the openers Abreez and Majid from the first over was enough for anyone watching to know that these two were hungry for a big total.  Abreez was the first to get out, scoring a valuable and quick 33 (two 4s and two 6s).  Jagjit was the next batsman in, joining Majid who was playing a dream innings, smashing 4s all over the ground.  Jagjit contributed with three 4s of his own, scoring 21 runs before getting out, bowled to Vishal.  Bilal K. joined the party and scored a quick 39 (two 4s and four 6s).  Majid finished with 69 runs (ten 4s and two 6s), and Saqib and Manik finished the innings taking Oakville past 200 runs.  Oakville finished at 206/4 in 17 overs, reduced due to rain interruptions.  Vishal Chabbra was the leading wicket taker with 3 under his name.

In reply, Stoney Creek started off aggressively, scoring 22 runs off the first over itself.  Saqib and Bilal were quickly introduced into the attack to try to slow down the Stoney Creek batsmen from taking the game away.  The good first wicket stand came to an end with Vishal Chabbra’s dismissal.  He scored 23 runs (three 4s and one 6). Oakville started taking wickets at regular intervals, in a game that was interrupted by rain regularly.  Bhagwat Verma’s wicket turned the game around, he top scored with 47 quick runs (five 4s and 1 six).  Sikander, Jaspreet and Balraj each contributed some valuable runs, but Stoney  Creek finished 63 runs short.  They scored 143/6 in the allotted 17 overs.  Bilal and Manik took 2 wickets each and Saqib finished with 1 wicket.   



Game 3 – Oakville vs Halton Stars, August 29, 2010


Halton Stars won the toss and elected to bat first.  Jagjit started off strong for Oakville, taking the wicket of Abdul Majid off his first ball.  A quick second wicket stand of 39 runs ended when Manik took the second wicket for Oakville, getting Danish Bashir out to a beautiful outswinger.  The next few batsmen troubled Oakville bowlers, scoring quick runs along with odd boundaries, especially M. Owais, who scored a majority of his runs in 6s.  Manik was successful in taking his wicket, knocking his off-stump to the ground with a beautiful leg-cutter. M. Saqib and Varun hit a couple of long sixes each, but couldn’t add much to the score as John, Dinesh and Vijayan cleaned up the remaining batsmen in no time, finishing the innings in only 18.2 overs.  Halton Stars were all out for 153 runs.  M. Owais top scored with a good 54 (two 4s and seven 6s).  Dinesh was the pick of the bowlers with 3-0-18-3 and Manik, John and Vijayan took 2 wickets each.

Oakville started aggressively in reply, with Bilal K. and Abreez opening the innings.  The score had to be reached in quick time to help improve Oakville’s run rate.  The openers did not disappoint. An amazing 41 ball 97 run first wicket partnership between these two openers destroyed the bowling teams hopes for any hope of winning the game.  Bilal K. was the main hitman, and man, did he hit, he cleared the boundary by miles, and everyone on Oakville’s bench were scared of their cars getting hit in the parking lots.  Abraiz was also in the mood to break some windshields, but he rotated strike to get Bilal K. on strike.  Unfortunately, Abraiz couldn’t be in the crease for longer, being caught on the long-on boundary.  He scored a quick 19 ball 30 (three 4s and two 6s).  This bought in Jagjit to the crease, who was more than happy to be there.  By this time, Bilal had already scored his 50 in 21 balls (seven 6s, two 4s, one 2, two 1s, and a shocking 9 dots), but the best was yet to come.  He scored his next 50 in a mere 12 balls, which had 7 bigger 6s, one 4, two singles and two dots.  He reached his century in 33 balls.  He was finally stumped after hitting four 6s in a row, on 108 runs.  His remarkable innings consisted of 14 massive 6s way over 100 metres, and 1 not so long 6, and three 4s.  The most remarkable and shockingly interesting statistic of the day, and perhaps of the entire cricketing history was the 48 run 2nd wicket partnership between Bilal and Jagjit took only 12 balls, and Jagjit did not face a single ball.  After Bilal’s dismissal, Oakville needed only 9 more runs, and Jagjit finished it off with a huge 6 of his own, hitting the ball on the roof of the adjacent building.  Oakville reached the target, surpassing it too, with 51 balls to spare.  Bilal Khanzada played an innings of a lifetime, and we are all proud to say we witnessed it.  Oakville congratulates Bilal for playing a beautiful innings, and we hope we never have to play against him.



Game 4 – Oakville vs Hamilton B, September 05, 2010

Hamilton B won the toss and elected to field first.  John opened the batting with Abreez, who fell in the second over to Renjith for only 4.  Jagjit walked into the crease and worked hard with John to get the scoreboard ticking.  The pair scored most of their runs in singles and doubles, accompanied with a few boundaries.  Jagjit fell after a valuable 41 run partnership, scoring 17 runs (one 4 and two 6s).  The following three wickets of Ali, Srini and Dinesh fell immediately after, with each batsman out for a duck.  This bought in Saqib to the crease to re-build the inning.  He batted sensibly, taking singles and getting the in-form John on strike.  John started going after the bowlers, playing clean shots as always, striking the ball well, and hit some classy boundaries.  He moved past 50 runs and after a good solid 62 run partnership, Saqib was run out on 11.  With just a few overs left, Fahad came into the crease, and John took his batting up a notch.  The balls were crossing the boundaries faster, and longer, and in no time, John reached a beautiful century.  An unbeaten 45 run partnership took Oakville’s score to 164/6 in the allotted 20 overs.  Fahad remained unbeaten on 6 and John was 115 not out.  John displayed the mark of a solid batsman, scoring a lot of runs in singles and doubles, along with eleven 4s and seven 6s.  There was not one shot he played that was bad, and he single-handedly took Oakville to a very good score.  Renjith Thomas (4-1-19-3) and Jayasuriya (3-0-28-2) were the only wicket takers for Hamilton B.

In reply, Hamilton B started the innings with Damian and Yasoob.  After scoring a quick 4, Damian saw his offstump go flying when Mateen bowled a beautiful leg-cutter.  Rony fell immediately after, edging the ball to the wicketkeeper off Mateen.  Varun was the next dangerous batsman to go, trying to hit the ball over the ropes but fell short, and was safely taken by Ali at long off.  Jagjit and Saqib came in to bowl next, and did a wonderful job to seal the game for Oakville.  Jagjit stopped runs at one end, not letting the batsmen touch any ball, and Saqib kept a tight line, and took 3 wickets on the other end.  Furqan and Renjith were bowled to off-cutters, and Jobin was unlucky to be stumped on a wide ball, which strayed down the leg-side, and bounced off the wicket-keepers pads and hit the stumps, to find Jobin outside the crease.  Rubel fell immediately after trying to take an extra run and a good throw from Fahad found him short of his ground.  Ali and Dinesh finished off the tail in no time, winning the game by 79 runs with 21 balls to spare.  Yasoob, the opener, was the top scorer and the second last wicket to fall.  He scored 38 valuable runs which consisted of five 4s.  No other batsman managed to get in double figures. Mateen and Saqib were top wicket takers for Oakville with 3 wickets each. 



With this win, Oakville finished 2nd in the Eastern Conference, and is due to play their semi-final game against the powerhouse Crescent on Saturday September 18th at Iceland ground in Mississauga.






O
akville drops out of # 1 spot after a tough loss against Brantford. SCORECARD



A poor batting performance by Oakville and an unbeaten 74 by Brantford’s Khizar Hamid further risks OCC’s playoff chances. 



Oakville won the toss and elected to bat first.  They started off with a disaster when they lost Ali’s wicket for 0 in the second ball of the game.  Abhishek and Jagjit started building the inning from scratch, playing out Mujtaba Malik’s difficult bowling.  The first ball of the bowling change took out Abhishek and Jagjit was quick to follow.  This got John and Saqib into the crease, who managed to take the score up to 73 before Saqib got out.  The next three wickets fell in no time, with Abreez, Bilal and Shabbir getting out without doing any damage to the Brantford bowlers.  After 39 overs were bowled, Oakville had 103 runs on the board with 9 wickets down, rain started, and everyone walked off the field.  Jagjit (22) and John (27) were the only batsmen to score above 20 runs.  This is the first game in which Oakville batsmen have not scored a single six.  A great fielding and bowling performance by Brantford embarrassed Oakville batsmen.  The pick of the bowlers were Mujtaba Sr. 8-2-16-2, Khizar 8-1-13-2 and Murtaza 6-2-12-3.



After a short wait, Oakville got back on a wet and slippery ground.  Needing less than 3 runs an over, Brantford started off with Khizar’s fireworks, taking Bilal Khanzada for 24 runs in one over.  He turned the game around, playing selective and aggressive shots.  Oakville had no reply for his form, and couldn’t do anything to get him out.  A couple of wickets fell on the other end to John’s bowling, but that wasn’t enough as Khizar finished the game off with a long six over long-off in only the 22nd over.  His unbeaten 74 consisted of 4 sixes and 7 fours.  Saad was the next highest scorer with 6.  Oakville’s better bowlers were John 7-0-35-2 and Saqib 8-1-21-0.



Oakville had a hard time on the field, with players slipping and falling atleast once every over.  Everyone was sliding on the field like it was an ice-rink, but the umpire didn’t bother with any safety concerns.  Oakville did have a chance to split the points and call the game off, but they didn’t want to take the easy way out, and were willing to fight and defend a small score.



Oakville’s playoff chances have dramatically changed, staying up at # 1 for 8 weeks in a row, Oakville now drops to # 3 and is now in a must-win situation to move on the playoffs.  Oakville have to wait for a month before they get a shot at the final game of the regular season.



The league’s Twenty20 games kick off on Saturday August 14th, with Oakville taking on Mississauga at Iceland ground in Mississauga, followed by August 15th encounter with Hamilton at Glenashton Park in Oakville
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Oakville lose a heartbreaker at Hamilton, extending their winless streak to 3 weeks. SCORECARD



In a batsman dominated game, Oakville come short against Hamilton, putting Oakville’s playoff berth in jeopardy. 



Oakville won the toss and elected to bat first.  They started off strong with Vijayan taking on the bowlers, hitting 4 beautiful fours, and taking the score up to 44 runs before getting out.  Jagjit then joined Ali, and these two built the innings, in strong fashion, with Ali taking the bowling apart with some great cricket strokes.  He quickly went on to score his 50 in 41 balls.  These two took the score up to 140 in 20 overs, after which Jagjit got out caught on the boundary for 22 runs.  Ali was next to go, immediately following Jagjit, scoring 80 runs (8 fours and 4 sixes).  John was the next top scorer, with 29 runs.  Oakville was all out for 214 in 39.1 overs.  Ali’s 80 runs have now taken him past 500 runs for the season, leading every other batsman by 200 runs.  Damiam was the leading wicket taker, taking 3 important wickets for 38 runs.




In reply, Hamilton started off equally strong, with Ayaaz taking charge and hitting the ball all over the park.  The first wicket fell for 44 runs, bringing in Nauman to the crease.  Ayaaz and Nauman took the score to 99 before Nauman got out caught behind.  Ayaaz finally got out at 83 runs, with John taking a wonderful catch off Dinesh’s bowling.  Damian came in next and quickly scored 21 runs before getting out to similar fashion as Ayaaz.  Mohsin was the next wicket to fall without doing much impact.  Similar to Oakville, Hamilton was also 142 in 20 overs.  The only difference was that Hamiltons two batsmen scored the remaining 53 runs with no trouble, ending the game with over 5 overs left.  The best bowling figures for Oakville were Dinesh’s 6.0-2-27-3. 



This game was filled with avoidable controversies, especially with Hamilton getting no penalty despite going 30 minutes over during their innings. As the season goes on, square leg umpiring continues to be a difficult task for teams who play opposite Oakville. Oakville again gave a batsman out inspite the batsman playing a full toss ball at chest height, but when the same thing happened during the other team’s batting, a no-ball was called, although the umpire agreed that it was not a no-ball, and gave the batsman out. But after being instructed by the batting team’s captain, the batsman was called back to bat. Oakville has been short-changed for the entire season, and is still optimistic that the league executives, game officials, and the young cricketers of the remaining teams in the league learn to be a little more honest.




Oakville’s next game is against Brantford, on Sunday August 08th, at Waterworks Park in Brantford.



 July, 2010



July Events and Announcements




Shabbir’s last minute heroics help Oakville win a tough game against Hamilton. SCORECARD



In a short game interrupted due to Saturday’s rain, Oakville pulled of a remarkable win against Hamilton, despite a tied result. 



Oakville Cricket Club members got to the ground at 11:30 to find that there were puddles in the outfield and on the pitch.  This meant that the game would be called off due to unplayable conditions.  Oakville members got to work right away, using small buckets to carry the water out, and dry the pitch with towels, and by 3pm, they got the ground ready to play. 



The game was reduced to 25 overs a side to make up for the lost time. Oakville won the toss and decided to put Hamilton in to bat.  Hamilton started off slowly, mainly because Jagjit and Bilal did some excellent bowling, and got the first break for only 5 runs.  This bought in the skipper, Ayaaz, who managed to score only 2 runs before being given L.B.W. to Jagjit.  The next 3 batsmen started going for the big shots, especially Damien who scored 38 valuable runs and displayed some excellent batting skills.  With 127 runs scored and only 4 wickets down, Hamilton was looking to take the game away in style.  Oakville bowlers came back in strong fasion, taking the remaining 6 wickets for only 17 runs, and cleaning up Hamilton for 144 runs.  Damien top scored for Hamilton with 38 runs, and Usman (25), Varun (23) and Mohsin (24) were the other top scorers.  Oakville’s Jagjit, Bilal and Saqib took 3 wickets each.



In reply, Oakville started off slow, and lost Ali Kamal’ and Jagjit’s wickets with only 8 runs on the board.  John was the next one in, and he stabilized the game along with Vijayan, taking the score past 50 before losing John to a great catch in the outfield.  This bought in Dinesh to the crease, who helped Vijayan score some quick runs to get Oakville at par, as they were lagging behind.  Unfortunately, Oakville lost 3 quick wickets of Dinesh, Bilal, and Saqib, and this collapse got in Manik on to bat, with the score reading 73/6.  Oakville needed to get 72 more runs in 8 overs, a very tough task to achieve.  Manik and Vijayan got to work, getting quick singles and dispatching the bad balls out of the ground.  Manik hit two big sixes and Vijayan hit two of his own to balance the game.  Vijayan reached a very well deserved 50 with a massive six over cover, but got out on the next ball.  Manik was the next one to go right after, now bringing the score to 104/8.  Oakville still needed 41 runs to win from only 30 deliveries.  Srini and Shabbir were at the crease, with a tough task ahead of them.  They could not afford to be too aggressive, because Oakville could not afford to lose any wickets at this stage, and still had to score 8 runs an over.  Shabbir maintained his reputation of master slogger, hit Ayaaz for two massive sixes in two consecutive balls.  The game went right down the the wire, with 7 runs needed off the last 6 deliveries, and finally 3 runs to get off the last ball.  Shabbir edged the ball which flew away to third man, and srini and shabbir ran for the lives, needing two runs to tie – and getting them, and then they risked the third run which was not to be – and Shabbir got caught run out, just a few inches away from victory.  Vijayan top scored for Oakville with 53 runs (3 fours and 4 sixes), along with Shabbir’s 25 (1 four and 2 sixes) and Manik’s 15 (2 sixes).  Dabeer Khalid was the pick of the bowlers for Hamilton, taking 3 crucial wickets for 29 runs.  Damien (5.0-0-17-1) and Nauman (5.0-0-20-1) had very good bowling figures as well, given the score. 



Oakville turned the game around, and credit goes to Hamilton as well, who kept their cool and hung on to a nail-biting finish.  This is the first time Oakville has ever tied a game in all their years of playing cricket.  With the 12 points earned, Oakville still maintains their # 1 ranking in the league, for the 6th straight week.



Inspite of the tied scores, Oakville has won the game because they lost fewer wickets than Hamilton did.



Oakville Cricket Club would like to thank the efforts of all their members for getting the ground ready to play



Oakville’s next game is against Hamilton, on Sunday August 01st, at Churchill Park in Hamilton
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Oakville maintains # 1 ranking despite a tough loss against Crescent. SCORECARD



Jahanzeb Niazi’s 130 sets up an easy 4 wicket win for Crescent, inspite of an excellent batting performance by Oakville.  



Crescent won the toss and put Oakville in to bat.  Ali Kamal and Vijayan gave Oakville their best start of the season, with some lovely sixes from Ali and master stroke fours from Vijayan.  The first wicket partnership of 90 runs ended when Ali got caught at point, scoring 45 runs (1 four 5 sixes).  Vijayan was next to go quickly after, with 35 runs under his belt (1 six 4 fours).  Jagjit and John were now at the crease, facing Virender and Jahanzeb’s bowling.  The intention was clear, as they were going to take on the bowlers.  Jagjit played some amazing shots over mid-wicket, hitting the ball clean and long, while John was rotating the strike.  These two put up a 101 run third wicket partnership, which ended once the batsmen started going for the slogs.  Jagjit was stumped for 64 (5 fours 6 sixes), scoring his 2nd
 50 of the season.  John finished with 68 (3 fours and 6 sixes), scoring his first 50 of the season.  Bilal Khanzada (14) and Saqib (14*) contributed in the end bringing Oakville’s tally upto 266/7 in the allotted 40 overs.  Virender ended with the best bowling figures, at 8-0-51-4.

 

In reply, Crescent started confidently, with Jahanzeb Niazi coming in 1 down.  This youngster has impressed everyone around the league with some beautiful batting.  Oakville managed to get wickets from the opposite end, but Jahanzeb stood firm on his ground.  He showed patience, maturity, and finesse, and single-handedly, took Crescent past 200.  His wicket fell when the score was 227, out of which he scored 130, his second century of the season, with 14 fours and 6 sixes.  Only two other batsmen scored in the 20s, but that was enough for Crescent to take the game away, with 21 balls to spare and 4 wickets in hand.  Oakville bowlers were all punished, with the exception of Bilal Khanzada, who gave only 37 runs in his 8 overs.  Manik was the only bowler to take 2 wickets.  Overall, a great performance by Jahanzeb, and a disappointing performance by Oakville bowlers. 

 

Oakville still manages to maintain its # 1 ranking inspite of the loss, but the standing is starting to get a little close now.  With another win, Oakville solidifies its playoff spot.  Mississauga and Crescent are very close, and Halton Stars and St. Catharines are dangerously approaching.

 

Oakville’s next game is against Hamilton, on Sunday July 25th, at Glenashton Ground in Oakville.  This will be Oakville’s last home game for the regular season.  We request all families and friends to come out and support Oakville.






Oakville Cricket Club participates in the Town of Oakville ‘Sportacular’ Program.




Oakville Cricket Club held a beginners cricket clinic to educate youngsters on the rules of cricket.  We would like to thank the Town of Oakville and Amanda Creo for the opportunity.  It was a great turnaround, and we will be looking forward to the next camp. 



LETTER FROM TOWN OF OAKVILLE







Oakville strengthens their position on top of the list with an easy win over Brantford. SCORECARD



Oakville won by 6 wickets in a low scoring game. 



Brantford won the toss and elected to bat. Jagjit and Bilal K. opened the bowling and started off really strong, bowling an amazing 53 dot balls in the first 60 balls. The first wicket of Shahzeb fell off Jagjit with Ali taking a nice catch at long-off. Jagjit took the next two wickets in no time, and finished off with 20 runs given for 3 wickets. Bilal K. bowled an excellent spell on the other end, giving away only 6 runs in his 4 overs. Bilal S. was the next one to bowl, and he was back to his magic banana balls, torturing the batsmen as always. He bowled his 7 over spell giving off only 16 runs for 3 wickets. John and Manik bowled excellently, with Manik continuing his superb bowling form, taking 2 wickets off his 1.3 overs, and giving away only 2 runs. This is the second consecutive game in which Manik took 2 wickets for 2 runs. He is quickly gaining the reputation of being the closer for Oakville.
Manik had an excellent game on the field, taking a great catch and an amazing run-out, where he dove and picked up the ball with one hand, and ran and knocked down the stumps to get Hani out.  Bilal K. had an excellent catch and a run out as well, throwing from near the boundary and knocking the stump off the ground to get Saad out.  Overall a great performance on the field by Oakville, great bowling and fielding for another game. 

Brantford had a bad day with the bat, with only one batsman scoring in double figures, with Saad scoring 10 runs.  Oakville would like to acknowledge good sportsmanship, especially from Mr. Vern Payne and Murtaza Malik, who both walked out after edging a ball to the keeper, and not waiting for the umpire’s decision.



In return, Oakville started off weak as well. With Mujtaba Sir taking a wicket off his first ball, getting Mairaj stumped. Abraiz quickly followed in similar fashion, out for only 2. John and Jagjit put up a good partnership. Jagjit took charge by scoring a six and a four in his quick 12 before getting out. Nasru followed quickly as well getting stumped off Mujtaba Sir also. Vijayan went in to bat and along with John, finished the game in no time, with John scoring a four and 3 sixes and Vijayan scoring 2 fours. John top scored with 30 not out, and Mujtaba Sir was the pick of the bowler, taking 3 wickets for 17 runs off his 8 overs




Oakville’s next game is against Crescent, on Sunday July 18th, at Glenashton Ground in Oakville.







Ali Kamal’s unbeaten 123 helps O
akville defeat Cambridge by 163 runs. SCORECARD



After an embarrassing loss in their previous game against St. Catharines, Oakville bounced back to beat Cambridge by 163 runs. 

Oakville won the toss by default because only 3 players from the other team were present at 12:45, and elected to bat first.  Ali and Mairaj opened the innings, but Mairaj fell quickly with only 14 runs on the board.  Jagjit joined Ali and started his job of building the innings.  The got off to a good start, maintaining a healthy run rate, and eventually accelerating it.  Ali played a very watchful inning, because the pitch was a little tricky.  Desmond bowled an excellent spell, but once he finished his 8 overs, and new bowlers were introduced into the attack, Ali went after them, scoring runs at a quick pace, and reached his 50 with a beautiful 4 at long off.  Jagjit assisted Ali with some beautiful stroke play of his own, adding 22 valuable runs before getting out.  Their 87 run partnership had turned the game around, and now it was a matter of building on it.  John was the next man in, and he started off with singles as soon as he went in, getting Ali on strike, who was on a joy ride, taking every bowler on, and hitting sixes all over the park.  He quickly reached his 2nd century of the season, which contained 9 fours and 8 massive and well timed sixes.  John on the other end, started picking up the pace as Ali showed signs of slowing down.  After a 110 run partnership, Ali was forced to walk off the field because of dehydration and cramps.  An excellent 123 not out has now put Ali as the league leader in runs once again.Dinesh joined John, but was unfortunately given out LBW off the 2nd ball he faced.  John’s excellent innings came to an end too, he scored 43 important runs with 2 fours and 3 sixes.  Manik and Saqib added 33 more runs and Oakville finished their allotted 40 overs with 254/8.Garth (3 wickets) and Wendell (2 wickets) were the top bowlers for Cambridge.



Oakville is now the only team in the Premier division to score 200+ 4 times. 



Cambridge started off weakly, losing their opener to an excellent catch by Mohammad Ali off Zain’s bowling.  The 2nd wicket partnership of 26 was the highest for Cambridge, as Garth was run out by excellent fielding and throw from Dinesh.  The next few wickets fell thanks to some excellent catching by Oakville, especially John Kirstein, who took two amazing diving catches, one at point to get rid of Abubakar for a first ball duck.  John had to dive to his left and held on to a spectacular one.  The second one was taken at mid on to get rid of Wendel, John timed his dive perfectly, jumped up in the air and plucked the ball with an amazing one handed catch.  The batsman was in shock and didn’t move for a minute.  The next wicket to fall was of Leslie, another amazing catch taken by Mairaj at point, and after that Cambridge had just given up, with the next two batsmen just defending or missing balls for the next 10-12 overs, and scoring only 20 or so runs.  Dinesh bowled an excellent spell of 6 overs conceding only 16 runs and breaking the slow partnership with a wicket.  Manik came in next to bowl and cleaned up the remaining two batsmen with some really good bowling, taking 2 wickets in his 2 overs for only 2 runs.  Cambridge were all out for 91 in just over 30 overs.  Fayaaz (16) and Leslie (14) top scored for Cambridge.  Zain was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3 crucial wickets in his 7 over spell for only 28 runs. 



Oakville won by 163 runs, which is the second highest margin of defeat in the premier division. (Oakville holds the record for their 173 run win over Halton Stars). 



Congratulations to Oakville for an amazing victory, and thanks to Cambridge for a good game and their hospitality. 



Oakville’s next game is against Brantford, on Sunday July 11th, at Glenashton Ground in Oakville.





 June, 2010



June Events and Announcements



St Catharines embarass Oakville, winning by 9 wickets. SCORECARD

Following an excellent display of batting against Halton Stars in the previous game, Oakville batsmen manage to score only 102 runs against St. Catharines, who in reply reached the easy target in only 10 overs, losing just one wicket.



St. Catharines won the toss and put Oakville in to bat, and were successful in getting John out for a first ball duck.  Slowly, they chewed through the batting order, taking quick wickets at regular intervals, not allowing any of the Oakville batsmen to settle.  All of the St. Catharines did a wonderful job, the best being Arsalan (4 wickets) and Yunus (3 wickets).  Mairaj was the top scorer for Oakville with 24 runs followed by Abraiz who had 18 runs.  A poor display of batting had Oakville all out for 102 runs.



In reply, St. Catharines came out strong and aggressive.  They lost only one wicket, of Vijay (6 runs), which strangely fell when the score was 82.  This was because on the other end, Imran Aslam was playing a wonderful inning.  He remained unbeaten at 79 off 40 balls, and had 10 fours, 6 sixes, and a whopping 3 singles in his inning.



Congratulations to St. Catharines for a good win, and to Imran for a great inning.



Oakville’s next game is against Cambridge, on Sunday July 4th at Cambridge.






Oakville rises to the top of the Premier Division with a thumping win against Halton Stars. SCORECARD



Oakville won the toss and elected to bat first. The last game against Halton was on their mind where Oakville dominated most of the game but still lost by 7 runs while chasing a small total of 120. This time around however the domination was carried all the way to the end and beyond, and that too with an exceptional display of overwhelming superiority in batting, bowling and fielding against a premier team like Halton Stars. They simply had no answer to a team that was just too committed and simply stunned them, which showed in them dropping some easy catches throughout the game.

Ali Shah and John Kirstein opened the innings for OCC and quickly John took charge of the proceedings with his quick fire 24 runs. John fell to a lovely off-cutter by Naveed Sehrai that bowled him, Ali shook up the whole Halton Stars CC bowling. Ali and Jag produced runs in furious pace and HSCC bowlers had no answer for them. After Jag’s (71 runs) departure, OCC captain Saqib (55 runs with 6 fours and 3 sixes) showed his magic with beautiful cover drives. Ali’s monstrous inning got him 138 runs, which included 11 sixes and 9 fours. Manik’s (22) contribution in the end set HSCC a massive target of 347 runs. Kaleem Arif was pick of the bowlers from HSCC picking up three key wickets.

HSCC started their batting very cautiously. But even that was not enough as OCC attack bowlers, Bilal and Jag, were up to the task. Bilal dismantled the HSCC top and middle order with his banana swings. Naveed (43 runs) scored runs in quick time but wickets were tumbling on regular basis. In the end Nadeem (29) and Irfan showed some resistance just to play at least quota of their innings. But even that was not enough and HSCC only managed 173 runs in 31 overs. Bilal took 4 wickets and gave away mere 13 runs in his 8 overs. In the end, OCC won by 173 runs and outplayed HSCC in all aspects of the game by large margin.

They play their next game against St Catharines at Crescent’s home ground (on the mountain).






Oakville fights hard and hangs on to win a thriller. SCORECARD



After a heart breaking loss in their previous game against Mississauga Ramblers, Oakville beats the top seeded team by 2 runs, thanks to some great bowling and catching. 



Crescent won the toss and put Oakville in to bat first.  Oakville started off slow, losing their openers quickly, John was unlucky once again given LBW for the 4th time in 5 games, which – as everyone witnessed, was a bad judgement once again.  After losing 3 quick wickets for only 21 runs, Dinesh went in to join Jagjit.  He had just got himself set in, when he got hit by a bouncer on his ear, and had to walk out of the field with a severe cut on the inside of the ear.  Saqib walked in to bat, and along with Jagjit, got to work.  Their job was to kill Viru’s overs, and they were successful in doing so.  The field was really bad to play on because of the thick grass.  It was hard to get any singles so it was obvious that this would be a low scoring game.  These two started building a partnership, with mainly Jagjit scoring the runs and Saqib anchoring the line-up.  Oakville lost 3 wickets quickly, including Jagjit who scored a brilliant 42.  With two new batsmen at the crease, Bilal Khanzada and Manik Bhan, Oakville was going to start going for the kill.  Manik scored a couple of quick boundaries before getting stumped off Yaqoob’s only over.  Bilal on the other end, maintained his reputation of getting the ball out of the ground.  His quickfire 43 consisted of 5 massive 6s.  Oakville were bundled up for 158 in 37.0 overs.




Needing 159 to win, Oakville started off strong taking out both the openers with the score at only 10. Crescent slowly got back on track, stealing singles and scoring the odd boundary, but Oakville fielders came off on top, with some beautiful catches.  Vijayan, Fahad, Jagjit all took great catches but Manik’s catch was probably the best one has seen in a long time, running in and diving in front to take out Habib.  Crescent was now 7 down for 93 runs, but with Virender in the crease, and only 55 to win off the last 11 overs, this match could swing either way.  Oakville gave up 47 runs for the 8th wicket, mostly wides and a few 6s from Virender.  The breakthrough came when a slow ball from Bilal Khanzada got an edge off Tahir’s bat and into the keeper’s gloves.  Aqeel Raja came in to bat with only 19 runs left to get.  Tahir Bilal came back to bowl his final over, and got Virender to hit the ball straight down John’s throat on long on.  John had to run in quite a few steps and took a low catch.  This sloped the game back in balance, and the pressure started building on Crescent.  They now needed 15 runs in the final 3 overs, and after 4 very good dot balls from Bilal K, Aqeel hit the last two balls for consecutive 4s.  The match rolled back in Crescent’s favour, as they now needed 7 runs in two overs.  At this stage, Saqib came in to bowl the second last over.  He started off with three great balls, and in the remaining 3 balls, 2 catches were dropped and 4 runs were conceded.  Bilal Khanzada came in to bowl the last over of the game with 3 runs required and 1 wicket in hand.  The first two balls were played and missed, and on the third ball, Aqeel went for the big shot, and Saqib ran in and took a wonderful diving catch at long off to seal an amazing and hard fought victory for Oakville.  The win could not have come in any better fashion, with the skipper re-defining the meaning of the word passion.  It has happened on more than one occasion, and all credit goes to Oakville for believing in themselves and not giving up till the last minute.  Oakville gave up 38 wides in their win, which was 13 runs more than the highest scorer for Crescent.  The other lesson that Oakville must learn was their batting.  An extra 5 runs would have made a world of difference, and if Oakville had played through the remaining 3 overs, and saved their last wicket, then Crescent wouldn’t have got the extra 2 points, and they would have been tied with Crescent with 40 points.



Oakville’s next game is against Halton Stars, on Sunday June 20th, at Glenashton Ground in Oakville.




Please Note – Sunday June 06th Game vs Mississauga is cancelled.



Oakville’s next game is against Crescent, on Sunday June 13th, in Hamilton’s Mohawk Sports Park .






 May, 2010



May Events and Announcements



Trevin’s excellence sets up easy 7 wicket win for Mississauga. SCORECARD



Mississauga take out Oakville in style, thanks to some excellent batting from Mississauga, below average bowling from Oakville, and some ‘out of this world’ excellent umpiring. 



Oakville won the toss and elected to bat first.  After losing the first wicket for only 1 run, John and Jagjit started building a good partnership, but that wasn’t to go anywhere further until Jagjit was given run out for being inside the crease by 12 inches.  The next couple of batsmen did not have any luck either.  Vijayan got given caught behind, for shouldering his arms and letting the ball go.  The next dismissal was John, who got hit on his pads outside the line of the off-stump with a ball that was missing the off-stump by miles.  At first the umpire did not think it was out – but after 10-15 seconds of constant appealing by the bowling team, the umpire changed his mind and gave John out.  The umpire was not even trying to look at the pitch to figure out the line of the ball and the impact, instead, he was looking at the wicketkeeper and the slips, and decided to give him out.  This bought in Manik to the crease.  Ali and Manik put on a good show, starting with Ali who went on to hit some really long sixes.  After his wicket fell, Manik took charge, and quickly started piling on runs.  The next couple of wickets fell quick, but an amazing display of batting by Tahir Bilal boosted Oakville’s score to over 200  His 8 ball 32 included 3 sixes and 1 four off Anthony’s 7th over.  The pick of Oakville batsmen was Manik, who scored an amazing and well paced 46.  Oakville ended up their batting with 212 runs.  Waleed Khan of Mississauga had the best bowling figures of 4-20.




Mississauga Ramblers started their batting in style.  Trevin walked in, and demolished Oakville’s opening bowlers.  He reached his 50 in 15 balls, and in the first 4 overs, took the score to 85.  Oakville got in a change, of Saqib, who took out both openers in his first over.  Trevin finished his classy innings of 80 runs in just 25 balls.  Unfortunately, Saqib got injured in a collision with one of the batsmen, and had to leave the field.  The damage, however, was done, and Mississauga started their cruise with Stephen and Anthony.  Anthony’s unbeaten 54 consisted of some majestic cricketing shots – some that I have never seen before.  It was a pleasure watching him bat. 



The umpiring overshadowed the excellent batting.  One instance, after the ball was bowled, the umpire didn’t signal a wide at first, but after he heard demands from the pavilion, he granted Mississauga a wide.  This is after about 10 seconds of the delivery reaching the keeper’s gloves.  Another instance, the ball looked to be a little wide, and the umpire tried to signal a wide but the batsman nodded his head, so the umpire put his hands down again.  Another instance, a ball was caught by the keeper down the leg side, and everyone heard the sound of the bat which was far away from the body – and immediately, the umpire called it a wide, while the entire team was appealing.  It was funny how he heard edges all over the place when Oakville was batting (4 wicket keeper catches) but did not hear anything once the other team was batting. 

The best incident, however, was a leg umpiring call. Oakville takes pride in the important aspects of the game, such as honesty, sportsmanship, and a zero tolerance for sledging. In the 4 games Oakville has played, our square leg umpires have given 3 stumpings and 2 run outs – which were very close. But it seems like the standards of the other teams in the league are not at par. A very very obvious run out was not given by the square leg umpire, a direct hit which had the batsman out by miles. Some might call it close – and it is all part of the game, but if you are not going to be honest, and neutral, then you shouldn’t walk in the ground – whether you are an umpire or a player.




Oakville bounces back with a thumping win over St. Catharines. SCORECARD



After a heart breaking loss in their previous game against Halton Stars, Oakville batsmen came back with a mammoth total of 312 and won against St. Catharines by 96 runs. 



Oakville won the toss and elected to bat first.  After losing 3 quick wickets for only 15 runs, Vijayan and Jagjit got Oakville back into the game with a 50 run partnership.  Jagjit, who recently got 9 stitches on the inside of his lip caused by a collision during practice session, came back and displayed some excellent batting.  After Jagjit’s dismissal, Saqib came into the crease and accompanied Vijayan in scoring the quick singles and doubles.  The useful 43 run partnership was ended with Saqib’s wicket.At 108/5, Abraiz walked into the crease.  Abraiz and Vijayan then took charge and quickly piled on runs, and Vijayan raced to his first 50 of the season.  He finally got out edging the ball to the keeper, for 54.  A power hitting partnership of 52 between these two batsmen had boosted the total to 160/6.  His excellent innings contained of 6 Fours and 1 Six.  Now that the platform was set, in came Bilal Khanzada.  It was the Abraiz show at first, he took a couple of balls to set himself in, and then he started doing what he does best – hit the ball FAR, and clean.  With 7 massive 6s, Abraiz raced to his first 50 of the season in just 23 balls.  Matching him shot for shot on the other end, was Bilal.  Before Bilal went in to bat, he asked the rest of the team if anyone had ever hit the ball for a six on 8th line.  His first six, co-incidently, landed on the road.  Abraiz and Bilal hit every bowler that was presented to them.  Scoring at 12-16 runs an over, they took the team total past 200 in no time.  The 71 run partnership came off only 37 balls, and unfortunately, it came to an end when Abraiz fell for 57.  His excellent innings contained of 7 sixes and 1 four.

At 231/7, Manik walked in and did his own bit of wristy batting, scoring 19 quick runs before getting out.  Nasru then walked in with the score at 257/8 and exactly 8 overs to go.  Bilal kept the scoreboard ticking with his amazing hits.  He completed his 50 in just 26 balls.  His amazing inning came to an end with just 12 deliveries left.  He hit an amazing 9 sixes, and 2 fours.  The highlight was when he hit 3 consecutive 6s off Arsalan, each one clearing the boundary by miles.  The 50 run 9th wicket stand came to an end and Oakville had already passed 300 and still had 2 overs left to go.  St. Catharines ended the inning in style by taking the last wicket off the last ball, to steal the 2 bonus points for bowling.

This 312/10 in 40.0 overs has been Oakville’s highest total to date.  Some of the 6s hit by Abraiz and Bilal will never be forgotten by either team.




St. Catharines started their reply with great confidence.  They showed no signs of giving up, and they were not going to make it easy for Oakville to walk away with a monster win.  Mohammad Ali and John Kirstein troubled the batsmen but St. Catharines found a way to score runs.  Fardeen Aziz played a master innings of 59 but fell to Saqib’s first ball of the game.  The only other batsman who frustrated Oakville was Zeeshan Arshad, who hit some beautiful 6s, but fell at 44 to Saqib.  Oakville leaked a lot of runs but in the end, got St. Catharines all out for 216 in 35.4 overs.  The pick of the bowlers were John Kirstein (3 wickets) and Saqib Mushtaque (4 wickets).  Saqib continued his amazing bowling form by conceding only 1 wide in his 8 overs and taking the 2 important wickets. 



Congratulations to Oakville for an amazing victory, and thanks to all the friends who attended and helped with scoring and substituting.




Oakville’s next game is against Mississauga, on Sunday May 30th, at Glenashton Ground in Oakville.




Halton Stars hand Oakville their first loss of 2010. SCORECARD



Oakville faced its first loss in 8 games inspite of restricting an amazing Halton Stars batting lineup for only 121. 



Bowling first, Oakville got off to a great start, taking out Captain Naveed Sehrai in the 4th over.  The next 4 wickets fell at quick succession, leaving Halton Stars at only 47 for 5 wickets.  The sixth wicket partnership between Bilal Qazi and Bilal Arif of 53 runs was the only trouble faced by Oakville.  Bilal Qazi wisely rotated the strike, letting the in-form Bilal Arif pile on runs, who scored 39 runs out of which 30 runs were scored from classy 6s.  It took an amazing catch from Tahir Bilal off Mohammad Ali to get rid of Bilal Qazi.  Bilal Arif was next to fall, after another great diving catch by Srini Kesavan off Saqib Mushtaque.  The final score was 121 for 10 wickets in only 24.3 overs.  The pick of the bowlers were Saqib Mushtaque, who took 3 wickets for 18 runs, and the debutant Fahad Khan took 4 crucial wickets for 21 runs.  Overall, a great bowling performance by all of Oakville’s bowlers and amazing catches by the fielders.  Bilal Arif topscored for Halton Stars with 39 followed by Bilal Qazi with 17.



Oakville started off their batting with Ali and Mairaj, who played very carefully and were ahead of the run rate.  The openers were cruising along until Haris Ahmed was introduced into the attack.  With great consistent bowling, Haris took out the top order of Oakville with no trouble.  A brief resistance by Saqib, Abraiz and Vijayan tried to keep the game in balance, but in no time, Oakville lost 5 wickets for only 10 runs.  This is where the game turned around, and this collapse cost Oakville the game, inspite of a brief fight put up by Mohammad Ali and Fahad for the last wicket partnership of 17 runs.  Oakville were all out for 112, just 10 runs short of victory
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Oakville’s next game is against St. Catharines, on Sunday May 23rd, at Glenashton Ground in Oakville.



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Oakville wins the first game of the season by 9 runs.
SCORECARD



In a very hard fought game, where neither side was planning to give up easily, Oakville pulled off a nail-biting win despite the late heroics of Wendall. 



Batting first, Oakville got off to a quick start, scoring 97 runs in their first 10 overs, thanks to an amazing 23 ball 50 from Ali Kamal Shah.  Ali continued his form from last season’s back to back 100s with an amazing display of stroke play.  Scoring 4 off the first ball of the game, and 20 runs in the first over of the match with two 4s and two 6s, it was obvious that he had no plans of slowing down.  His innings contained of five 6s and four 4s.  After Ali’s controversial dismissal, Oakville’s top and middle order batsman failed miserably, with the exception of Jagjit Singh (23) and Saqib Mushtaque (39*).  Saqib and Jagjit put up a good partnership, but Jagjit failed to capitalize after mis-queing a ball straight back to the bowler. The skipper, Saqib, looked in great form.  Inspite of wickets falling on the other end, Saqib held his ground, playing sensible shots, rotating the strike, and eventually taking the attach to the bowlers, scoring four 4s and two 6s in his unbeaten 39.  A true captain’s innings helped bring the score to 163 in a mere 23 overs of the allotted 35.



Oakville got off to a quick start by taking two wickets in the first 4 overs.  After which, Cory Lelliott and Ismail Patel slowed the game down and started building a 52 run partnership.  It took a beautiful inswinging delivery from Mohammad Ali to knock the stumps off the ground.  
Wendel Wharton and Cory Lelliott had the game tied up, needing 65 runs to win off the last 10 overs.  They moved at a good pace, until John finally took two crucial wickets and made the task harder for Cambridge.  Saqib got himself into the attack with 5 overs left and 37 runs remaining.  An amazing spell from Saqib turned the game around as the Cambridge batsmen had no reply for his consistency.  Requiring 13 runs off the last over, Cambridge lost a wicket and got only 2 runs off that over.  Wendel’s timely 51 not out could not seal the game for Cambridge.  Saqib finished the game giving only 8 runs of the 3 overs he bowled.  John was the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets for 36 runs.



Oakville now plays Halton Stars, the new and dangerous team, on Sunday May 16th






Practice for Friday May 07th is cancelled



Please Note – On Sunday May 09th, Oakville Cricket Club plays its first game against Cambridge at Glenashton Ground.  All players are required to be at the ground by 10:45 am to make up for today’s cancelled practice.  The playing 11 will be posted tonight. 



Oakville Cricket Club AGM Minutes.

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April Events and Announcements

Please Note – On May 02nd, the Oakville Cricket Club ‘Annual General Meeting‘ will be held at Glenashton.  Please be at the ground by 11:45 a.m.  Meeting will also cover Elections of Club Executives, Captain and Vice Captain.

Following the meeting will be a game against Legends.

 

Support a Cricket Field in Burlington Ontario        Please read here for details and to sign the petition.

H&D League AGM was held on Sunday April, 18: Meeting Minutes are found here.



The Latest by-laws: League released the latest document with by-laws. Every player should read these carefully, specifically the playing conditions. The by-laws are available here.

Application for 2010 season: Membership for 2010 season is open. Please download the application from here. Completed application should be sent to Nasru (Club Registrar) for processing. His email address is:
nassyed@gmail.com

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March, 2010

Monday, Mar 16, 2010 – High Performance Cricket Camp

The Ontario
Cricket Association has planned a High Performance Cricket Camp to be conducted
in the Toronto area from March 30 – April 5, 2010.



The camp will be
run by Mudassar Nazar and
Rodney Marsh from the ICC Cricket Academy in Dubai.  It is a great opportunity for players that
are serious about taking their game to the highest level.



The camp costs
$400 per player.  The cost has been
heavily subsidized by the OCA. At this time, we are asking clubs to forward the
names of players that would be interested in taking part.  Space is limited to only 40-45 players from
all of Ontario. Please submit the names of players that are UNDER 25 – 28 years
old and serious about playing high level cricket. If you are interested please
contact our President at: zainkhot@hotmail.com

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February, 2010

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 – Indoor practice starts from this week

Please note that we will
have indoor practice starting this week. The practice will be held every Friday
and Saturday from 6pm-8pm at:

Hagee Sports

2470 Lucknow Drive. Unit 11

Mississauga, Ontario

L5S 1J9

Tel: 905 678 2992

Email: info@hageesports.com

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